Review: IT COMES AT NIGHT
I’m gonna stick this one here because it sounds like it COULD be a werewolf movie, or at least a Monster movie of some kind. It isn’t either of those things. In fact it scarce qualifies as a Horror movie at all. It’s more of a dark Drama. It’s a survival story. This is why audiences who’ve seen the film in theaters haven’t liked it. I understand that. They went in expecting a certain type of cinematic experience and got something else entirely. I blame the title. Terrible title for this film. “It” doesn’t come at night. “It” never shows up at all. We don’t even get to find out what “it” is. Unless “it” refers to the nightmares experienced by the central character, but if that were the case they should have called the film “THEY Come at Night.” Really a bad choice for the title. I’m not surprised it’s gotten such a cool reception from the mainstream.
It got rave reviews on the independent circuit, though, and deservedly so. The acting is perfect. The script is, too, although I would have liked to find out a little more about each of the other characters, but such knowledge isn’t necessary for the overall effectiveness of the picture. The pacing, while slow, is deliberate and effective. Truthfully IT COMES AT NIGHT is a great movie. That said, you might not like it. It’s not a “fun” Horror movie. It’s as grim and bleak as anything you could watch. Bleak like THE ELEPHANT MAN is bleak. And, as mentioned, it is NOT a Monster flick, or even a Horror flick outright. We, the audience, got hoodwinked by the title, and the fact the film is set entirely in the woods. There MIGHT be a Monster out there. But they never show it to us. As good as the movie is, upon leaving the theater this past week, I couldn’t help feeling a little cheated.